The Atavist Magazine Podcast
The Atavist Magazine features one compelling piece of long-form journalism every month. Now we can hear some of those stories, as well as read them, with a select few being serialised in podcast form. Its first offering is a gripping five-part reading of One Thousand Pounds of Dynamite. It's the story of 'Big John', a domineering, belligerent Hungarian refugee who took the American dream by force, then, in his late middle age, lost it all. Struggling to accept the realities of his fall from grace, Big John decides to roll the dice - he plants a complex, beautiful bomb at a local casino (the casino where he used to be a big-wig, and racked up enormous debts) and demands a million dollars to make it all go away. Stories are read by their authors and the production is no frills, but rightly so - pieces like these don't need much dressing up.
The show has been on hiatus since late Oct 2015.
Gateway episodes: A Thousand Pounds of Dynamite, Episode 1 (6 Jun 2015) / Ghosts of Pickering Trail, Episode 1 (21 Oct 2015)